I’ve read a lot of comic books lately, but Creepy has to be one of the most unique so far. It isn’t your average comic book, it is a series of stories all rolled into one short book. The multiple stories are as different as the art work for each one. Writers Doselle Young, Dan Braun, Peter Bagge, Emily Carroll, Doug Moench, and Bruce Jones keep their readers entertained with wit, humor, and of course creepiness. Artists Dean Ormston, Kelley Jones, and Richard Corben work wonders while authors/artists Peter Bagge and Emily Carroll blend their writing and graphics talents with ease.
You start out with “Dear Uncle Creepy” which is the comic version of a letters to the editor. It includes several entries from loyal fans of the series. Of course these are poison pen letters, and entertaining to read. Participation from readers is encouraged and an address is provided for both snail mail and email for submissions.
Next we encounter “Upon Reflection”. This section was a bit difficult for me to follow. The art work was great, but keeping track of what was happening in the panels wasn’t easy. It seemed to keep flashing between the past, present, and thoughts of the main character as he reflected on his life while carrying on several different conversations depending on what panel you were reading. Guess this just wasn’t my cup of tea.
“Grandma Creepy is the Old Bigot” is just short, sweet, and ironic. Loved it!
“The Red Knife” will probably give me nightmares later tonight. If nothing else it will make me want to keep my fingernails short at all times! I don’t think the 50′s housewives that the character resembles ever went this far into darkness just to fix dinner.
“The Lurking Fate That Came To Lovecraft 2”. You have to love when an artist takes you on a journey into the mind’s eye of the insane. There are no limits to what you can show your audience while the author spins a tail around you.
“Sister Creepy in Boasting Ghosts” gives us a quick giggle after making our way through the the previous pages of a demented June Cleaver wanna be and the fun of being in a padded room wearing a jacket with really long sleeves.
“In Deep” starts us out with a prologue and some outstanding photo-realistic graphics. After surviving the sinking of their sailboat, an unknown man and his companion Peggy are seen floating in an open sea after barely making it to a life ring before the boat slipped under the waves. Provisions were minimal at best and she couldn’t swim. Their desperation is obvious as he continually scans for any signs of rescue that may be coming. The horror that stared him in the face when he awoke made all of this unbearable the next morning. Delirium over takes him as things go from bad to worse. In order to avoid spoiling this story, I will go no further and let you read what happens.
Finally we reach the end and close out this issue with “Creepy vs. Eerie”. To me, I would call this sibling rivalry gone oh so very wrong, but in a totally funny way!
Over all, this issue of Creepy is if nothing else an entertaining swim through the sick, twisted, humor of it’s authors and artists. I enjoyed sneaking a peek into this sickness and managed to come out the other side mostly intact… but then I wasn’t right in the head to begin with.